Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I am a recipe pumping out machine...
If that just made any sense at all.
Winter is slowly coming to a close and Spring will soon be here so why don't we try a recipe out on one of those super cold blistery winter days.
Everyone loves soup, right? So let's try a new soupie recipe. I love mushrooms and I love barley, so here is a recipe for everyone to try if you like both of those as well. :)
Bon Appetit!

Two-Mushroom Barley Soup
This recipe makes 6 servings.

1 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
4 carrots
8 cups (2 L) button mushrooms
2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
2 onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 tsp (4 mL) crumbled dried sage
1-1/4 tsp (6 mL) dried thyme
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
2 tbsp (25 mL) tomato paste
2 tbsp (25 mL) soy sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic vinegar
1 cup (250 mL) barley
6 cups (1.5 L) chicken stock
3 cups (750 mL) water
4 cups (1 L) packed fresh spinach

Place dried mushrooms in small bowl; pour in 1 cup (250 mL) boiling water. Let stand for 20 minutes or until softened. Strain through cheesecloth lined sieve, reserving liquid. If using shiitakes, cut off touch stem end. Slice mushrooms into thin strips; set aside.

Meanwhile, peel carrots. On cutting board and using sharp chef's knife, slice carrots diagonally; set aside. Using damp cloth or paper towel, wipe button mushroom caps clean. Cut off tough stem ends; slice caps thickly.

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onions and garlic, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add carrots and dried and button mushrooms; cook, stirring often, for 15 to 20 minutes or until mushrooms are lightly browned and liquid is evaporated.

Stir in thyme, sage, pepper and salt. Stir in tomato paste, soy sauce, vinegar and reserved soaking liquid. Add barley; cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minuts or until liquid is absorbed and barley is well coated.
Add stock and water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 50 minutes. Uncover and cook for 20 minutes or until slightly thickened. (Soup can be prepared to this point and refrigerated in airtight container for up to 2 days; reheat gently, adding up to 1/2 cup (125 mL) water to thin if desired.)

Trim spinach; flatten and stack leaves with stems all at one end. Starting at long side, tightly roll up; using sharp chef's knife, slice crosswise into 1/2-inch (1 cm) wide strips. Stir into soup; cover and cook for 3 minutes or until wilted.

I personally think this recipe sounds absolutely amazingly delicious and am excited to give this a try and am thinking that I might tonight for dinner. :)
Light and healthy, I will definitely let you all know what I think once I try this soup. :)


(Source: Canadian Living Website & Google Images)


  1. Hmmmm really tempting, must try this out! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog! You have an amazing blog!

    Charlene xxxx
    A Cosmetic Affair

  2. Thanks a bunch hun! Try the soup out and let me know what you think. ;)